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Clarksburg Close to Settling Verizon Wireless Lawsuit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:42PM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Town officials are close to reaching an agreement over a lawsuit filed by Verizon over the denial of a cell-tower permit but an abuttor is pressing them not to forget how the tower's location might affect his property.    Bryan Tanner, who is also the town moderator, appeared at last Wednesday's Select Board meeting to press officials on which spot at the former North Adams Country Club was under discussion for the placement of a 140-foot monopole.    "Obviously Verizon has been successful in their court appeal and I've had to accept the fact a tower will be on that property," he said, but wondered if the location

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Pittsfield's Patti Notches Game-Winner for College Squad
iBerkshires.com Sports,
04:21AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Pittsfield High School alumna Taylor Patti scored the game-winner in double overtime last month to lift Wentworth College to a 2-1 win at Emerson.   It was just the second career goal for the senior back, and it helped Wentworth 5-4-2 record going into Saturday's game against Nichols.   Alessandra Arace scored her first goal of the season for the Providence College women's soccer team in a 3-2 overtime loss to Xavier last week. The Lenox graduate has a goal and a two assists this season for the Friars (7-4-1).   Amanda Wright (Pittsfield) had a team-high seven shots and helped set up the winning goal in Springfield College's 2-0 win over Mount Holyoke on Saturday.

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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County School Officials Press Legislators on School Funding Formula
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Local school officials pressed members of the Berkshire delegation to make education funding a priority in the coming legislative year.    And the legislators urged them to keep up the pressure.    "The pressure we feel at home can translate into action at the State House," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, explaining that when they speak with legislative leaders, "I can go and say this is the most important issue in Pittsfield."   But while the Pittsfield representative is a firm believer in grassroots activism, she said the critical part of the equation is finding new revenue.    "We're underfunding

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North Adams Housing Authority Anticipates One More Sun Cleaners Test
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018

The Housing Authority is anticipating environmental tests at the former Sun Cleaners will be completed this month.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The seemingly neverending saga of dissolving the defunct Housing Opportunities Inc. is dependent on one more test boring at its Sun Cleaners property.    Hopefully.   Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn told the commission Monday that the transfer of 111 River St. to the city is getting closer, and an end to the six-year effort to dissolve HOI is in sight.   The River Street property has been in limbo for more than a year pending tests for contamination. It's the last asset owned by

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North Adams Continues to Address Domestic Violence Prevention
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Elizabeth Mitchell of the Elizabeth Freeman Center joins Mayor Thomas Bernard last week to tell the City Council how the center is training and resources.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city has recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But the official efforts aren't ending this year with a simple proclamation.    After the murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien only days into the new year, City Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Benjamin Lamb submitted a communication asking that the council work with the mayor's office and community partners to create "a multi-pronged approach" to the issue of domestic violence within the

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Berkshires Beat: Albany Berkshire Ballet Receives Grant For 'Rockwell in Our Time'
02:08PM / Monday, October 01, 2018
Rockwell in dance

The Albany Berkshire Ballet has been awarded a project grant of $2,500 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Cultural Investment Portfolio for the continued development of the new work "Rockwell in Our Time" by choreographer Mary Giannone Talmi. Talmi is collaborating with playwright Kevin McGerigle and composer Christopher Culpo with additional choreography by Andres Ramirez and music by Ben Talmi. The ballet is a multidisciplinary work inspired by Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms" that moves forward and backward in time reflecting World War II America and our current national reality.

"The individuals that work together to produce a

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North Adams Youth Bowling League Gets Some Help
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:46AM / Sunday, September 30, 2018

About three dozen children and teens ranging in age from 5 to 19 participate in the Saturday morning league.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Gary Superneau Youth Bowling League is still going strong and has a new partnership that opens it up to more families.   League organizer Brent Lefebvre said because of the new financial partnership with MountainOne, the longtime youth bowling league will be able to teach more children how to bowl.   "The youth bowling league has been around for a very long time. I bowled in it when I was a youth and it was around before I came along," Lefebvre said. "This partnership will help us grow the sport of bowling by

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MCLA Women's Soccer Earns First League Win
08:27PM / Saturday, September 29, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Hannah Van de Water scored the game-winner in the 57th minute, and the Trailblazers extended the lead with an own goal late in the contest to earn a 2-0 MASCAC victory over the visiting Massachusetts Maritime women's soccer team.   The win snapped a six-game slide for the Trailblazers as they improved to 2-7 overall and 1-2 in the conference.   Van de Water broke open a scoreless contest with her third goal of the season. She collected a pass from Taconic graduate Lauren Mangiardi and converted to lift her team to a 1-0 lead. The score remained that way until late in the contest.   In the 88th minute, MCLA pressured the Bucs and were

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Legislation Extends Lafayette Trail From Hinsdale to Hancock
06:03PM / Saturday, September 29, 2018

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis du Lafayette as a young general in 1791. BOSTON — A bill to expand the Lafayette Trail through the Berkshires is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Charlie Baker.    The measure, S. 2265, An Act relative to the Lafayette Trail, was filed in December 2017 after state Sen. Adams Hinds met with Consul General Valéry Freland, of the Consulate General of France in Boston.     As chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, Consul Freland sought to brief Hinds on the cultural significance of the trail, which tracks the route the Marquis de Lafayette, the famed French general

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Fall Foliage Parade Floats Expected to Delight, Excite This Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:45AM / Saturday, September 29, 2018

Snoopy's Sopwith Camel rises above the under-construction parade floats at the old City Yard.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Float guru Bruce Hayden has been racking up hours at the former city yard on Ashland Street putting the finishing touches on a convoy of floats that will appear Sunday in the 63rd Fall Foliage Festival Parade.   And he is happy about this year's theme: "The Year of the Dog."   "Normally they do something like 'Foliage in the Berkshires' but how many times can you make a leaf," Hayden laughed as he ripped knobs off a grill to be used for one of the floats. "You want to make the kids laugh. They don't want

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North Adams Children's Parade Winners Announced
07:55PM / Friday, September 28, 2018

Benjamin Wiessner is congratulated by Mayor Thomas Bernard after winning first place in the individual costume category. See more photos from the parade here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There was a great turnout for the annual Children's Parade on Friday evening with almost all the participants incorporating this year's Fall Foliage Festival Parade theme of "The Year of the Dog."   The parade is traditionally a kickoff to the Fall Foliage Festival Weekend that culminates in on Sunday afternoon with the big parade.    On Friday, there as a significant crowd of onlookers to watch the children and their guardians march down Main Street from the

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@theMarket: The Market's Last Quarter
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, September 28, 2018
Today marks the end of the third quarter for stocks in 2018. But it is the fourth quarter that will determine what kind of year it will be. Let's place our bets.   First, we should look at what could go wrong over the next three months. Tariffs probably lead the list. More of them, (although the dollar amount is minimal in the scheme of global trade), would be bad for sentiment within the global stock markets. Mid-term elections are a toss-up, but simply not knowing the outcome I count as a negative. Quarterly earnings results might also hold some risk for investors. And finally, the latest investor sentiment readings (a contrary indicator) are as high as they were back in January

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